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New Hampshire House To Hold Public Hearing On Two Bill Aimed At Relaxing Gun Safety Laws

This Wednesday, January 10th, the two New Hampshire House committees will be taking up bills relating to allowing guns in schools and removing your city or town’s rights to prohibit firearms on public property.

The first is HB 1749, an act “relative to the state’s authority to prohibit or regulate firearms and relative to the selectmen’s authority to manage town property.”  This bill, being considered by the House Municipal and County Government committee wants to remove a municipalities ability to prohibit firearms on community property.  

Even though RSA 159:26 gives cities and towns the right to create ordinances to protect the safety of their residents, legislators in Concord disagree.  They feel that cities like Lebanon violated the law when they banned guns on school property or at school sponsored events (off campus).

These legislators want to take away the city’s ability to prohibit guns in our schools.  They want to be able to tell the Town of Milford that they must allow people to conduct target practice on town property.

The committee hold a public session on this bill Wednesday, January 10th at 10am in Reps Hall. Take a moment to tell the committee how you feel about the State Legislators taking away the towns rights to protect their own residents. (Email the committee directly)

The Second bill is HB 1542, “an act relative to carrying a pistol or revolver on university system and community college system property.” 

This bill is plain and simple:

“This bill allows any person who is not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law to carry a pistol or revolver on the exterior grounds of any university system of New Hampshire and community college system of New Hampshire property.”

They want to make it legal to carry guns on college campuses.  If this law goes through it is a disaster waiting to happen.

The committee hold a public session on this bill Wednesday, January 10th at 10:40 am in LOB 204. Take a moment to tell the committee how you feel about the State Legislators allowing guns on college campuses. (Email the committee directly)

The Brady Campaign Launches Provocative New PSA On Dangers Of Guns In The Home

As Americans gather for the 4th of July, Brady Center launches TalkAboutGuns.org, a resource for families to start conversations about the hidden risks of guns 

More than 1.7 million American children live in homes with unlocked, loaded guns that put their lives at risk 

Washington, DC – As Americans gather for the 4th of July, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is releasing a new public service announcement and website designed to spark conversations among families and friends about the unknown dangers of guns in the home.

TalkAboutGuns.Org is a resource to help parents and families—whether they own guns or not—strike up conversations about the risks of a gun in the home, and make informed decisions that save lives. 

And on a holiday when some Americans celebrate with gunfire, the risks are even greater. In fact, last 4th of July at least two Americans were killed by celebratory gunfire.

But guns in the home actually pose a risk all year long. The reality is, a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense. A gun in the home simply makes families less safe.

With a quiz and tips for keeping families safe, TalkAbouGuns.org is designed for the millions of families who own guns and anyone who visits or plays in a home with a gun. With a provocative PSA and helpful discussion guides, it’s intended to help gun owners and non-gun owners alike strike up conversations and make informed decisions that save lives. 

“While the corporate gun lobby irresponsibly peddles the myth a gun in the home makes you safer, the data is clear: the opposite is true,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “As more Americans buy into the myth that a gun makes their home safer, gun deaths from suicides and accidental shootings continue to rise. We know the health and safety risks of keeping a gun in the home. Now it’s time to do something about it—and that starts with talking about it.”

Gun ownership substantially increases the risk of suicide and accidental shootings. In fact,

  • 60 percent of all youth gun deaths occur in the home,
  • 82 percent of youth firearm suicides use a gun belonging to a family member, usually a parent,
  • And an alarming 68 percent of school shooters acquired the guns they used from home.

With 1.7 million American kids living in the same house as a loaded, unlocked gun, Americans can’t afford to ignore these dangers.


The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz. 

About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of more than 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history – The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000

1963 March on Washington – Caroline French was there!

1963 March on Washington for Jobs and FreedomFifty years ago, a quarter-million people found their ways to our nation’s capital for one of the largest political rallies in history.

Caroline French, a grassroots political activist and antiques dealer from the Seacoast, was one of them. “I was 21 years old, a college student at UNH,” she said. “When you’re in college, you really care about social issues like equality. At the time, I didn’t realize how significant the event was, but my friends were going, and I went too.” French was one of a group of students from the University of New Hampshire who took a bus down to Washington for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

“Nobody who was there knew how important it was, at the time,” she said. “You don’t go to an event thinking ‘this is going to change the history of the world.’ It’s only in retrospect, decades later, that you can see how it affected our country.”

“The ideals of equality were already there, before the March,” French recalled. “I remember seeing efforts to desegregate on television. It was a national issue and we paid attention.”

“Racism is an original flaw in this country, and it has been a problem since Day One,” she said. “These days, there’s a myth, now that we’ve had a black President, it’s all ‘hunky-dory’. But that’s not the truth at all. The legacy of racism, the economic legacy, is still a real concern.”

The trip that started out as a “college adventure” changed the direction of her life. “Because I was there, I do things and got involved in things that I wouldn’t have otherwise,” French said. “I support the Southern Poverty Law Center. I have gone back to Washington for other marches, women’s marches, labor, health care. I pay attention, and I get involved in groups that do things – activist groups that don’t just sit on the sidelines. Women’s equality, marriage equality, racial equality, gun safety.”

French is just one of a quarter-million people who were at that March. Imagine the impact, if everyone who attended had their lives changed the same way Caroline did.

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“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, we work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.” Read more about the Center here.

Read the “I HAVE A DREAM…” speech by Martin Luther King here.

See the Official Program of events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom here.

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